Yesterday we received our Galaxy S6 and S6 edge review units. We’re still working on the final review but I wanted to share some early results from both devices. For those that are unfamiliar with these two phones, the Galaxy S6 range represents the result of Samsung’s “Project Zero”. In fact, the phones seem to have the internal name of Zero, which can be seen in terminal and the build properties of both devices. For Samsung, these phones represent their attempt at completely rethinking how Samsung makes phones. There is a strong emphasis on a new unibody design, which has no visible gaps or screws. Rather than the plastic that previous Samsung phones have been known for, the new design is composed of metal...

The New Intel Mobile Division

Intel's haphazard ultra mobile strategy is finally getting some much needed consolidation. We got the first hints of this at IDF where Intel announced a restructuring that would combine...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/14/2011

webOS Goes Open Source

HP has finally decided what it's going to do with webOS: the software will be made available under an open source license. This likely signals the ultimate end of...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/9/2011

Xbox 360 Companion for Windows Phone, Xbox Live for iOS Apps Released

The Xbox team has been rather busy lately. On Tuesday, the team delivered the most sweeping facelift of the Xbox 360 dashboard since NXE, and today released an Xbox...

7 by Brian Klug on 12/7/2011

Sony Ericsson and Motorola Detail Android 4.0 Upgrade Path

We've talked in the past about how OEMs take the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and use it to build software tailored for devices in the context of x86...

22 by Brian Klug on 12/7/2011

Verizon and AT&T: State of the LTE Spectrum Union

In two deals announced late last week, Verizon Wireless has expanded its spectrum holdings through deals that will give it control over various frequencies, almost all in the AWS...

39 by Jason Inofuentes on 12/7/2011

CyanogenMod 9 Should Support Most CM7-Compatible Devices

In an update on the CyanogenMod blog today, Cyanogen gave us our first details on device support for the forthcoming Ice Cream Sandwich-based CyanogenMod 9: the first SoCs supported...

11 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/2/2011

Verizon 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus Photos Emerge

While we're still waiting patiently for our Galaxy Nexus to arrive so we can begin digging into Android 4.0 goodness, Verizon customers in the US are also patiently for...

15 by Brian Klug on 11/30/2011

Apple Seeds iOS 5.1 Beta to Developers

Apple seems to have had a Cyber Monday surprise of its own lined up, releasing iOS 5.1 Beta (build 9B5117b) to developers this evening. We've updated an iPhone 4S...

13 by Brian Klug on 11/28/2011

Understanding Wireless Storage: Kingston Wi-Drive and Seagate GoFlex Satellite

Let me pose a hypothetical situation: say you bought an iPhone or iPad, but cheaped out and got a 16GB model. You’ve got around 10GB worth of music, a...

32 by Vivek Gowri on 11/21/2011

Galaxy Nexus & Ice Cream Sandwich: Initial Performance Analysis

The road to Google's Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is finally nearing its destination. As of yesterday, the Samsung made Galaxy Nexus went on sale in...

70 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/18/2011

Motorola Mobility Shareholders Vote to Approve Google Merger

Motorola Mobility shareholders have overwhelmingly approved of a potential merger with Google, the next step in the deal that was first announced in August. Ninety-nine percent of all voting...

3 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/18/2011

Qualcomm Announces a Bunch of Krait Based Snapdragon S4 SoCs

In February at MWC, Qualcomm unveiled three SoCs based on its brand new Krait microarchitecture: the single/dual-core MSM8930, dual-core MSM8960 and the quad-core APQ8064. More recently, we dove into...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/16/2011

Adding Vellamo to our Mobile Benchmark Suite - Six Android Phones Tested

For a while now we've been keeping track of mobile browser performance using two relatively popular JavaScript heavy benchmarks that are a regular fixation in our smartphone reviews. If...

82 by Brian Klug on 11/16/2011

BlackBerry London Image Leaked: The First QNX Phone

First reported by The Verge and subsequently confirmed by Boy Genius Report, the first image of BlackBerry's first BBX phone has leaked, and it is a significant departure from...

4 by Jason Inofuentes on 11/15/2011

Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Coming to AOSP

Jean-Baptiste Queru, a software engineer working on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), just confirmed that Android 4.0.1 source is now available. This is the version of Android that...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/14/2011

Samsung and AT&T Announce Galaxy Tab 8.9, Six new LTE Markets

Not to be outdone by Verizon with its LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab 10.1 (which we reviewed), Samsung and AT&T today announced that it's introducing an LTE enabled Galaxy Tab 8.9...

9 by Brian Klug on 11/14/2011

Samsung Licenses PowerVR SGX MP from Imagination Technologies

Samsung is a bit of a mobile GPU conoisseur it seems. Its previous flagship, Hummingbird, used a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. Its most recent high-end SoC, the Exynos 4210...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/10/2011

Understanding Intel's Android 4.0 x86 Optimizations

Earlier this week Computer World published a story about Intel adding x86 optimizations to the Ice Cream Sandwich release of Android (4.0). The story itself was fine but a...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

ARM's Mali-T658 GPU in 2013, Up to 10x Faster than Mali-400

ARM's licensed CPU cores dominate the mobile space. This year the core of choice for high-end smartphones and tablets is ARM's Cortex A9 and late next year it'll be...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

Adobe Kills Mobile Flash Plug-In

Adobe announced via a press release today that it would cease development of the Flash Player for smartphones and tablets, and would shift its focus to HTML5 support for...

40 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/9/2011

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